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18th Street Arts Center COVID-19 Response
As we continue to adapt to these challenging times, 18SAC remains dedicated to ensuring a safe environment for our community and beyond. Partnering with the city of Santa Monica, 18th Street has become a Shines COVID-19 Assurance organization. The Santa Monica Assurance Program was created to help organizations and businesses in Santa Monica reaffirm our commitment to safety and cleanliness. Following the guidance of this program and LA County Department of Health, our galleries are closed to walk-in visitors and are available by appointment only on a limited basis. All visitors are required to wear masks. Please do not plan your visit if you are currently experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, or are under quarantine orders.  Our Spring exhibitions including Recovery Justice: Being Well, and Year of Wonders, redux,  will be open to appointments only from March 29 – July 2. Appointments are available Monday – Friday at 10am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Please visit to sign up for an appointment.

Each time slot can accommodate groups of up to six individuals. All visitors are expected to check in at the front door, wear masks, and maintain a distance of 6 feet at all times from others who are not part of the same family group. Please do not come if you have any symptoms of illness.

To explore our current and recent exhibitions online, please visit to view 360 virtual tours, recorded virtual talks, images, and catalogue essays. We also have a full schedule of virtual programs, including art workshops, artist talks, and conversations. Register or learn more at:

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018-2019, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public to foster radical imagination, empathy, and positive social change.

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Lionel Popkin, Six Positions on Uncertainty, 2020. Video still. Courtesy of the artist.


July 27, 2020 - June 30, 2021

In our darkest hours, it is natural and human to seek connection with others, to face the darkness together so that we can imagine a brighter path forward. In our current pandemic-time of crisis and isolation, this instinct can feel…

Susan Kleinberg, KAIROS, 2014-2015. Digital video with sound. Dimensions variable. Sites of installation—- Palazzo Fortuny, Venice Biennale, Achikekran Museum, Istanbul, Nicosia Museum of Art, Nicosia, Cyprus, Art Basel Miami, special project. Courtesy of the artist and Axel Vervoordt Gallery.

Symbolic Consciousness

January 20, 2021 - June 18, 2021

Humans are symbolic of the natural elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. Symbolic consciousness is a term used to conceptualize how certain ideas can be turned into symbols to help us make sense of the world around us. As…

Nicola Goode, Photography of Black Lives Matters spontaneous murals on boarded up stores during the BLM protests in Santa Monica in June of 2020.

Recovery Justice: Being Well

March 8, 2021 - July 16, 2021

“Being Well” is what we seek together as neighbors, and recalls one of the central guiding principles of the City of Santa Monica, the notion of “wellbeing” as key to civic health. Recovery Justice: Being Well, aims to highlight the…

Elana Mann, installation view of Year of Wonders, redux at 18th Street Arts Center. March 29 - July 2, 2021. Photo by Marc Walker.

Elana Mann | Year of Wonders, redux

March 29, 2021 - July 2, 2021

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present Year of Wonders, redux, a solo exhibition of works by artist Elana Mann in 18th Street Arts Center’s Airport Gallery, on view from March 29 - July 2, 2021. The exhibition consists…

Arts Learning Lab @ Home: Flores de Papel with Carmela Morales

May 8, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Arts Learning Lab @ Home: Flores de Papel with Carmela Morales Saturday, May 8, 2021 |  11 AM-12:30 PM PST Online Learn the delicate and mindful craft of traditional paper flower-making with artisan Carmela Morales. This workshop will introduce participants to…

Debra Disman, Narrow Bridge, (inside) 2016, 5.5 x 16 x 3.5 inches, Artists' Book/Mixed Media (board, paper, fabric, linen thread).

Arts Learning Lab @ Home: Bookmaking with Self-Compassion | Debra Disman

May 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Arts Learning Lab @ Home: Bookmaking with Self-Compassion | Debra Disman Saturday, May 15, 2021 |  11 AM-12:30 PM PST Online Make an artist book celebrating your own creative growth. Join 18th Street Arts Center artist in residence and bookmaker Debra…

Dan S. Wang, Eyes of Diversity, 2018. Photocopy and letterpress. Courtesy of the artist.

Together in Contradiction: Asian American Unity Now

May 20, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Together in Contradiction: Asian American Unity Now A Roundtable Discussion with Dan Kwong, Carol Zou, Janelle Wong, and Dan S Wang Thursday, May 20th |  5 PM - 6 PM Together in Contradiction: Asian American Unity Now is a roundtable…

Elana Mann, Unidentified Bright Object #11-59, 2020. Ceramic, glass, wood, metal. Dimensions variable. Originally commissioned and produced by Artpace San Antonio. Photo by Marc Walker.

Arts Learning Lab @ Home: Let Suffering Speak | Elana Mann

May 22, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Arts Learning Lab @ Home: Let Suffering Speak | Elana Mann Saturday, May 22, 2021 |  11 AM - 12:30 PM PST Online Create your own sound sculpture for healing self-expression. Join artist Elana Mann in letting our voices and bodies…

Manos a la Obra | Market Exchange

June 4, 2021 - September 30, 2021

Manos a la Obra An installation of Market Exchange, a project by Cog•nate Collective Featuring Ines Garcia, Carmela Morales, Laura Hernandez, Lily Alinaghizadeh, and Abby Juan Pico Pop-Up | 2917 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica June 4 - September 2021 For…

We Were All Here

June 26, 2021 - July 31, 2021

A collaborative art video produced by Dan Kwong and Paulina Sahagun 18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present a new commission from artists Dan Kwong and Paulina Sahagun, a collaborative video project that delves into the local history of…

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Program Guide Jan-March 2021

We are bringing to you our first program guide after the pandemic started, which details…

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